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The MFA is recognized as the terminal degree in the creative and practical areas of dance. The program provides the opportunity for students to develop expertise in the areas of choreography, performance and teaching through an integration of theory and practice. It is designed to accommodate a variety of students, ranging from the recent BA/BFA graduate to the practicing professional desiring a graduate degree. The program focuses on performance, choreography and a secondary area of specialization. Possible areas of specialization include: somatics, aerial dance, interdisciplinary performance, film/video, cultural studies, music, improvisation, and criticism. The MFA will develop students' creative, performance, and scholarly work and position them for teaching careers in higher education as well as a variety of other careers in the field of dance.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

A minimum of 60 credit hours is required. At least 30 of these must be taken in dance at the 5000 level or above. The degree is based on a required core of courses including physical training, history, choreography, readings in dance, seminars in dance and music, research strategies, methods of teaching, a creative project and project paper. At least 6 credit hours must be taken outside of dance in an approved allied field.

Admissions Requirements: 

International Applications additionally must submit:

  1. Complete the Online Admission Application.
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree in dance or equivalent dance experience with a degree in another field and have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in dance performance and choreography.
  4. Complete an on-campus audition including performance of your own choreography (3 minutes long) and classes in modern, West African, improvisation, and Ballet (expertise in all four forms is not required).
  5. Submit four letters of recommendation.
  6. Provide a current CV or resume.
  7. Provide an 8” x 10” photo of yourself (in any pose) with the face showing clearly.
  8. Provide a 2 - 3 page sample of academic writing. This can be an essay written expressly for the purpose of this application or a copy of a paper (or portion thereof) written in the last two years. Content need not be dance related.
  9. GRE scores are not required for MFA applicants.
  10. Applicants who are interested in teaching for the program must submit the GPTI/TA Application and be prepared to teach an audition class.  Please see information on the department website.
    1. Financial Statement for International Applicants
    2. TOEFL scores (minimum TOEFL score is 550)
    3. A video may be submitted in place of an on-campus audition, although an on-campus audition is recommended.
Financial Support: 

Teaching assistantships, graduate part-time instructor positions, grants, and fellowships.

Applicant Instructions: 

Fall auditions: January 27-28, 2017. 

·         Applicants will be notified by December 15 if they will be invited to audition.

·         Applicants who have applied for a teaching position will be invited to teach an audition class on Thursday, January 26, 2017 or Monday, January 30, 2017.

For All Applicants:

·         Applicants must visit the department website for detailed application instructions:

·         Photographs required by the department should be emailed directly to the graduate program assistant:

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Theatre and Dance
Theatre C132
261 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0261
Phone: 303-492-7356
Fax: 303-492-7722